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Just announced: Lau + Ella the Bird at the Dancehouse Theatre, 17th May

Lau + Ella the Bird at the Dancehouse Theatre

17 May / 19:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale Friday, 09:00


Band on the Wall are proud to present Lau, a band who for 10 years have been stretching folk music's boundaries and exploring new musical territory with each release and concert tour.

‘The U.K’s best live band’  The Guardian ★★★★★

Lau are three highly individual and extremely gifted musicians - Martin Green (accordion and electronics) Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle, fx) and Kris Drever (vocals, guitars). For a decade they have been stretching folk music's boundaries further and exploring new musical territory with each release and concert tour. 

2012’s 'Race The Loser' album was nominated for Scottish Album of the Year and featured in many critics best of year lists. Lau appeared on BBC TV’s Later... with Jools Holland extending their audience considerably in the process and won their fourth BBC Radio Folk Award for Best Group a few months later.

Just announced: Stuart McCallum special guests, 22nd January.

Stuart McCallum special guests

22 January / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Band on the Wall are proud to welcome back Stuart McCallum for a very special night featuring some brilliant guests.

This concert will be split over two sets.

The first set will be a solo acoustic set by Stuart. Using 6 string, baritone and soprano guitars, combined with loop pedals and FX, Stuart creates a unique trance-like soundworld combined with cathartic grandeur.

The second set is a new project combining the talents of vocalist Rioghnach Connolly and Stuart. Rioghnach has a soulful voice that echoes back through the ages; resonant and resplendent in glorious, exploding power and control. Stuart's soundworld of lush textures of guitars, strings and keyboards are combined with stories of love and loss, treachery and murder, to hypnotise the way that only music can.

Also featured are Stuart's Cinematic Orchestra band mates John Ellis on keys and Luke Flowers on drums, as well as Zero 7's Robin Mullarkey on bass.

Interview with Mr Scruff Keep It Unreal

Manchester DJ Mr Scruff is seeing great success with his monthly club night Keep It Unreal, based upon his ethos of playing anything and everything groovy, including soul, funk, reggae and R&B amongst many other genres. Here’s a recent interview we did with him about his craft and club night, record collecting and DJ’ing.

After a busy summer, you’re back for a new season at Band on the Wall. We can’t wait! What is it about these monthly nights that keeps you and the crowd, coming back for more?

I think that residency is extremely important for a DJs creative development, and after 15 years, I am still very passionate & excited about this residency. The dependable aspects (good venue, good sound, room to dance, visuals, decent music, tea, friendly staff, great crowd) are very important, as is the edge you get from extending & expanding the musical scope every month. We keep making tiny improvements every month too, whether that is with the sound & production, or other practical things like reducing the capacity.

How do you stay focused for the duration of a 5 hour set? Is being in tune with the crowd the key?

Being in tune with both the people and the music you are playing is the key. The records often tell you what to play next, or at least give you a nudge. I find it important to be relaxed too, so you can be open to new ideas, depending on the feeling and atmosphere on the night.

I noticed during your Piccadilly Records set you had Fatima's Yellow Memories album in your record box, is that one of your favourite albums of this year?

Yes indeed! I am a big fan of Fatima & Eglo records, and her album was every bit as good as I expected. Really good soul albums are pretty thin on the ground these days.

Are there any other records have you enjoyed that were released this year?

Tons. Album-wise, new releases from Moire, Kalbata & Mixmonster, Actress, Flying Lotus, Mungo's HiFi, DJ Vadim, as well as great reissues/comps from Jazzman, Soundway, Tresor, Rush Hour, Rock a Shaka, ATON, Secret Stash & many others.

Are there any records you've never been able to get hold of, but are desperate to own?

There are lots of records that I have on my wants list, but they will turn up eventually. They always do, even if it takes 20 years! I have more than enough records to be going on with in the meantime.

Although you don't plan a specific set list before your gigs, do you think you'll be playing any records for the first time on Saturday?

Certainly, there are lots of good new records coming out every week. I just got a great haul of old 70's African albums too, so there will be a good portion of those getting an airing on Saturday. I have been purging my collection of average records over the last month, which has resulted in me finding tons of great tunes that I had lost, and rediscovering some real gems.

Mr Scruff’s night is the first Saturday night of every month, here’s a mix of a previous show to whet your appetite.

Mr Scruff Keep It Unreal

01 November / 22:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Time once again for Mr. Scruff's monthly residency at The Band on the Wall.

As always, Scruff will be at the controls for 5 hours, serving up a melting pot of jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, afrobeat, latin, and plenty of goodies that don’t fit into any category.

Expect fantastic sound, a lovely mixed crowd & great atmosphere.

In the meantime listen to the mix from June’s 15th birthday party to get you in the mood 

Just announced: Extra Love, 16th January.

Extra Love

16 January / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Band on the Wall are massively excited to welcome back one of Manchester's most exciting bands, Extra Love.

Extra Love are a well established ten-piece band from Manchester who throw a variety of spices into the Reggae/Dub pot; creating their own distinctive and very danceable flavour. With big vibes, grooves to make you move your waist line, and deep bass that rolls all the way down your spine...this band is in it's natural habitat when mashing up dancefloors all over the land. Expect equal helpings of conscious music and un self-conscious dancing at an Extra Love gig.

"Extra Love are Vibes, Vibes and more vibes. They never fail to impress on levels of energy and stage presence. With a massive live following and tunes to back this up they get any dance skanking big time" Kev Original / Dub Smugglers

Just announced: Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club ft. The Haggis Horns, 20th December.

Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club ft. The Haggis Horns

20 December / 21:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Craig Charles’ monthly Funk & Soul club night see’s a special festive feature from the excellent Haggis Horns. The group is made up of musicians who’ve played with an array of stars, such as Jamiroquai, Nightmares on Wax and Roots Manuva to name a few. Their sound is a fusion of Soul, Funk, Jazz and Hip Hop influences, and this diverse range of influences is what makes them such an enthralling act.

On top of this live treat we have Craig Charles providing the Funk and Soul DJ set which is the cornerstone of every club night. He’ll be playing his usual broad range of funk, soul and R&B to appeal to those of both eclectic and contemporary taste.

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